K-8th Grade

Elementary School

Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School is known for its award-winning academics. Most students test at least one grade level higher than the norm on standardized tests. We offer an excellent core curriculum based on archdiocesan standards. Small class sizes with low student/teacher ratios afford plenty of individual attention.

High-tech learning resources include a new media center, science labs, Interactive Boards in every classroom and extensive use of Chromebooks.

Literacy

Our teachers utilize the McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Program for classroom instruction in Kindergarten through 5th grade, and the Lexia Computer Program for personalized learning and reading skills development.

Mathematics

Math students are grouped according to their skill levels. The elementary program encompasses the Big Ideas Math Program and in-depth supplemental instruction.

Middle School

Middle school students are the leaders of the school. We want to help them become good role models and strong leaders by teaching them to embrace responsibility and being good examples of Christian citizens. Our excellent middle school staff members create an environment where students are challenged to be their best, encouraged to ask questions, and are valued for who they are.

One priority in the SHJ middle school is to prepare our students for a rigorous high school curriculum. Daily core curriculum classes are 45 minutes long and they include: math, social studies, science, religion, language arts/ literature, and Spanish. Rotating enrichment classes include: art, music, and physical education.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) powers middle school science and math learning. Students in the 5th grade through the 8th grade research, write up and display diverse projects at the annual science fair.

The middle school Social Studies curricula is rigorous and eye-opening, and culminates in the 8th grade week-long trip to Washington DC each spring.

Middle School Trips

  • JP II Outdoor Educational Lab | Students in 6th grades participate in the annual October field trip in Annunciation Hills. Managed by Archdiocese of Denver, this outdoor educational facility in the mountains near the old Camp Malo provides our students with hands-on learning in astronomy, ecosystems, orienteering and hiking.
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) | Students in 7th grade embark on this four-day adventure to Catalina Island, California to study marine biology, dissect squid, observe sharks, kayak, snorkel, go on geo-hikes and explore sea life in the Pacific. The trip includes a tour of and overnight experience aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
  • Washington D.C. | After completing a spring Social Studies project, students in 8th grade visit our nation’s Capitol for a week-long adventure. During this trip they meet a senator, tour the Newseum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, colonial Williamsburg and various historical landmarks, including the Vietnam Memorial where they place a flower in memory of a soldier they researched prior to leaving school for Washington. The students also attend Mass at the Washington National Cathedral.

Academic Enrichment

Art

Areas of concentration over the years include:

  • Developing small motor coordination
  • Improving hand-eye coordination
  • Drawing basic geometric shapes
  • Combining lines and shapes in drawings
  • Problem solving
  • Art history: developing an art vocabulary
  • Learning about and understanding other cultures through art
  • Drawing the body with proper connections of limbs
  • Exploring painting: learning to make secondary colors
  • Experiencing a wide variety of media methods

Music

Areas of concentration over the years include:

  • Singing alone and with others
  • Performing instruments alone and with others
  • Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
  • Composing and arranging music within specific guidelines
  • Reading and notating music
  • Listening to, analyzing, responding to, and describing music
  • Understanding the relationship between music and other disciplines
  • Understanding the relationship between music, history, culture and our Catholic faith

Computers/Library Science

Elementary students visit the library with their classes weekly.

Students in pre-kindergarten through second grade have story time with the librarian to improve reading comprehension skills as well as learning about popular and classic authors and books.

At SHJ, we have the most current technology to set students up for success with 21st century skills.

Spanish

Spanish classes for the elementary school are offered weekly for a period of 45 minutes each.

Physical Education

Areas of comprehension over the years include:

  • A comprehensive physical education program designed to introduce and explore skills and concepts that emphasize the development of the total child
  • Developmentally-appropriate physical activities that promote self-worth, encourage cooperation and self-control, and lead to choices that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Movement activities involving rhythms, gymnastics, fitness, and games/activities
  • Age-appropriate fitness and wellness concepts and activities.

Middle School Curriculum includes the following components:

  • A comprehensive program that promotes mastery of skills introduced in elementary schools in a wide variety of physical activities and experiences
  • Instruction in more complex skill and movement patterns that enhance participation in individual and team sports skills, dance, and gymnastics
  • Participation in a variety of activities that allows students to explore and apply information essential for a lifetime of individual fitness and wellness.
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